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Sunset Glow

Gold Harbour, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

Google Maps Location photo was taken from: 54°37'3.365" S 35°56'31.739" W

Sun was just setting at Gold Harbour. The sun was slowly fading behind the mountains, casting a beautiful golden glow over Bertrab Glacier and the colony of King Penguins, which numbers about 50,000. This was on the small side, compared to other beaches like St. Andrews Bay and Salisbury plain, with 300,000 and 250,000 respectively. And while looking back at a 1.5 hour time lapse I also shot from this position, that giant male elephant seal barely moved from his position the whole time. The chaos and noise of the colony behind him and he never waked. While the other locations have more numbers of Kings, with Gold Harbour’s cliff faces and glaciers so close to us on the beach, it made for an intimate setting like no other.